Stormgard Journal

Chronicles of Pagan Place

7 February 1952
External Services:
  • tchipakkan@tds.net
  • tchipakkan@livejournal.com
Was forced by encroaching technological pressure to get a live journal- people have been telling me for years that I should, but it's not like I'm not subject to media addiction. This is very dangerous I think. AND now I'm on facebook- at least those tend to be brief.
I am an artist, writer, healer, and eclectic pagan-heathen-rustic.
I have a small farm in NH aimed at self sufficiency and sustainability, which I share with 3 of my children, and a varying (but dwindling) assortment of animals from goats to cats. I self published Divine Cookies, Heathen Cookies and other cookie books, and write articles for pagan magazines, and created Changing Times, Changing Worlds (with Jane Sibley), an interfaith Esoteric Conference, based on the premise that if we don't start talking about "what if?" and start talking about "how to", we'll never get around to building on all the natural talents and abilities humans have (like healing, divination etc.) and the information we've collected will just die with us, unexploited- what a waste!

I practice and teach RuneValdr and Reiki, herbalism, and soothsaying with runes, palmistry, tarot, numerology, and other systems. 35 years in the Society for Creative Anachronism have brought me many friends, and many historically oriented skills, as well as more knowledge of early Anglo-Saxon culture than is conceivably useful. I love to teach useful skills like from cooking, sewing, and herb use, to divination and other more esoteric activities to participating in endless discussions of everything from healing to folklore.

Current biggest project is writing a book on Subtle Pagans- the part of the iceberg below the surface as it were- the folk who, while describing themselves as pagan, heathen, animist or whatever, are otherwise having normal lives, and so don't get noticed by other authors about the modern neo-pagan movement. It's because of this project that I've broken down and gotten a LJ (I've also got a website, although I don't know how to update it yet.) I answer e-mails, but I don't tweet, I don't know how to use text messaging, and don't want to, and don't have a working answering machine. Just keep trying if you want to get in touch. As for this- I love reading my friends entries, but actually get around to doing a quick scan through it only about once a month, maybe once a week on facebook, so if this is the only way you let people know about the momentous events in your life- I probably missed that post.

Also note- when I say Soothsayer, that's more than just a euphemism. I speak truth as well as I can because I think looking at reality as clearly as one can is the best way to deal with the world. I find it too hard to keep track of who's supposed to know what, and frankly, can't remember who most of my friends here are due to the layers of pseudonyms. I try really hard to keep track of your various identities, but can hardly remember my own. If there's something you want kept secret, don't tell me, that will probably be when I remember the story, but forget it was supposed to be kept from someone. And really- under what circumstances is knowing the truth bad? (hard sometimes, but generally better anyway.)